Localness in Water-Sensitive Urban Development for Bhuj and Kozhikode, India

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Abstract

Outdated, updated, or not, the Brandt Line continues to provide a divide between ‘North’ and ‘South’, suggesting a dichotomy between the world’s ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ regions, respectively. To reduce the contrast between the two, and in response to the challenges posed by urban growth and climate crisis projections globally, the Water-Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) concept presents valued guiding principles for practice in the field of integrated urban design, planning and water management. Accompanying the WSUD concept, the Urban Water Transitions Framework (UWTF) facilitates the assessment of the progress of an urban environment towards the ultimate ‘water-sensitive city’ by means of illustrating the developmental steps through which to transition, differentiating more from less developed. By reflecting on the notion of water sensitivity by the hand of water practices and natural and altered hydrological processes in the case study cities Bhuj and Kozhikode in India, the article aims to cast light on contextual and cultural conditions and elements, challenging or contradicting the conventional Northern developmental progress put forward by WSUD and the UWTF. Through examples of barriers for water-sensitive urban development originating from striving for modernity, as opposed to opportunities for water-sensitive urban development which lie in preurban development local water practices, the article calls for a consideration of, and emphasis on, localness when assessing the state and potential of urban development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th Conference IFo U 2022
Subtitle of host publicationInternationalizing Education for the Ecological Transition Challenge: New Stakes for Sharing Knowledge and Acting in a Changing World
Place of PublicationBordeaux
PublisherENSAP Bordeaux
Pages765-776
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event15th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFo U): Internationalizing Education for the Ecological Transition Challenge: New Stakes for Sharing Knowledge and Acting in a Changing World - Bordeaux National Higher School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Bordeaux, France
Duration: 29 Jun 20221 Jul 2022
http://ifou.org/conference/

Conference

Conference15th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFo U)
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period29/06/221/07/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • context specificity
  • sensitivity
  • decolonising
  • north-south relations

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